The Toyota Solara is the convertible/coupe version of the Toyota Camry, the Japanese automotive company's best-selling mid-size sedan. In fact, the Solara was introduced as the Toyota Camry Solara, but Camry" was removed from the exterior emblems; therefore, it is simply referred to as the Solara. It is just one of many cars in Toyota's lineup that is known for its reliability and superb fuel economy. The first Solara rolled off the assembly line in 1998, while the final curtain was closed on the car in 2009.
As far as power is concerned, the Toyota Solara has plenty of it; in fact, its 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine includes VVT-i technology, which is capable of producing 157 horsepower and 162 pounds of torque at 4,000 rpm. While the Solara may only be available with two doors, a family of four can fit comfortably within its optional leather interior. The first generation Solara was assembled in Cambridge, Ontario, Canada, but the second generation was shipped from Georgetown, Kentucky.
After being introduced to the public in 1999, the first generation, or "Mark V" as it was called then, remained unchanged until 2003. It was fitted with optional 2.2-liter I4 or 3.0-liter V6 engines with additional 4-speed automatic or 5-speed manual transmissions. Each model was also equipped with a single CD player and 15-inch steel rims. A complete redesign was unveiled in 2004 that marked the second generation of the Solara. Whereas the previous models looked similar to the Camry, the new model was sleeker and featured a new 3.3-liter V6 engine capable of producing 225 horsepower. Because of this, it was able to go from 0 to 60 in only 6.9 seconds.
In its interior was a redesigned shifter, steering wheel, and a new MP3/WMA CD player. The external audio device could connect with an iPod or similar player, and Bluetooth connectivity and voice-activated navigation were available on the SLE V6 models. A new SE Sport version was also available during the second generation, which featured smaller fog lights, new badging, new grille, and redesigned headlights. The SE model has standard LED taillights and reverse lights on the bumpers.
In 2007, the Toyota Solara was given the Motorweek 2007 Driver's Choice Award for "Best Eco-Friendly Manufacturer", and Motor Trend reported that potential buyers would not be able to tell the difference between a Solara and a Lexus. The introduction of the 2003 second generation model was given positive points by the AAA Auto Guide for styling.
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